William Wendt’s Painting Lead Bonhams Los Angeles Auction

William Wendt’s iconic oil painting lead Bonhams auction of California & Western Paintings & Sculpture, scheduled for 28 April, in Los Angeles. Wendt’s ‘The Old Coast Road’ (c. 1916), is estimated to bring $400,000 – 600,000. The painting graces the cover of the best-known book on California Impressionism, Plein Air Painters of California: The Southland by Ruth Westphal. It is arguably the most famous California painting in private hands.

William Wendt's Painting Lead Bonhams Los Angeles Auction
Other plein-air works of note in the auction include At Annondale (Wildflowers near Pasadena) by Guy Rose, which is estimated at $150,000-250,000, an exceptionally large canvas by Edgar Payne, Surging Sea, estimated at $150,000-250,000, and William Wendt’s Misty Morning, Santa Ana Canyon, (1928), estimated at $60,000-80,000.

William Wendt's Painting Lead Bonhams Los Angeles Auction
Further highlights include with Alison Skinner Clark’s oil on canvas, Blue mountain (1925), estimated at $20,000-30,000, Jack Wilkinson Smith’s colorful Sunshine through the oaks, estimated at $25,000-35,000, and Alligator Head, La Jolla by Alfred R. Mitchell, estimated at $8,000-12,000.
Several important Western works will also feature, ranging from the early Taos School painters to the more modern interpreters such as Ed Mell.

William Wendt's Painting Lead Bonhams Los Angeles Auction

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.


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